Say All the Things: A letter to his daughter with John Sowers

At the end of our parenting journey, there are so many things we hope to have said, done, and passed on to our kids. Are you a parent or grandparent who needs a little extra inspiration and courage to share your heart with your kids? This is the show for you!

 

The Mattsons had a powerful conversation with Dr. John Sowers about his crazy love for his daughters, intentional parenting, and his latest book, Say All the Unspoken Things: A Book of Letters (Thomas Nelson, February 1, 2022). Dr. John Sowers is the author of several books and launched The Mentoring Project, to mentor at-risk youth, with author Donald Miller. He has taught college, directed a homeless shelter and was the multi-language Director for Billy Graham in Los Angeles and New York. Dr. Sowers served on a White House Task Force and also received the Champion of Change award from President Obama for his work, but his favorite accomplishment is being a dad to his three daughters. We think you will love this interview!

If you like what you heard, make sure you share it! Write a review and send this episode to a friend. If you want more from Jeff and Terra Mattson, become a part of the Living Wholehearted community with our monthly newsletters and be first to know about our services to help leaders live and lead with integrity. Go to www.livingwholehearted.com

 

To connect with John Sowers, visit:

ONLINE -

http://www.johnsowers.com/

SOCIAL -

Facebook - @mynameisjohnd

Twitter - @johnsowers

Instagram - @johnsowers

 

BOOK -

Say All the Unspoken Things: A Book of Letters (Thomas Nelson, February 1, 2022)

 

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Tips & Tricks to Healthier Conflict with Jay Payleitner

Conflict. You either stir it up or avoid it. But few of us know how to move through it well. What if we told you that conflict is a necessary ingredient for healthy relationships?

 

Jeff and Terra Mattson interview Jay Payleitner with a focus on his most recent book, "Don’t Take the Bait to Escalate: Conflict is Inevitable. Being a Jerk is Optional." Jay unpacks four factors anyone can use to help de-escalate a conflict. From marriage to work relationships, this conversation applies to everyday issues. From which peanut butter to buy, to bigger challenges, like when it’s time to walk away from a toxic relationship, Jay uses biblical clarity and forty decades of marriage and relationship ministry to offer us a reframe on how conflict plays an important role in our lives.

 

Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance producers for Christian radio and a long-time affiliate of the National Center for Fathering and Iron Sharpens Iron. He is also a prolific speaker and author who has sold more than half a million books.

 

If you want to grow in your conflict resolution skills, consider one-to-one coaching with our executive leadership coaching team or join one of our monthly group coaching sessions. Sign up for our monthly newsletter where you will learn about all our services at www.livingwholehearted.com

 

To connect with Jay, visit:

ONLINE -

https://jaypayleitner.com/

 

SOCIAL -

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaykpayleitner/?ref=mf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaypayleitner

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/JayPayleitner/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5U-CJJ-6d_ykbZI_GA-x7w/featured

 

BOOKS -

Don’t Take the Bait to Escalate: Conflict is Inevitable. Being a Jerk is Optional.

52 Things Kids Need from a Dad

The Power of Agur

What if God Wrote Your Bucket List?

 

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Healthy Leaders Cultivate Empathy with Michael Andrews

When it comes to healthy communication and conflict resolution, we believe there is one vital ingredient - EMPATHY! This is a skill that every leader needs to develop and yet, it’s one of the hardest to integrate into our everyday lives.

 

If you are looking for some practical ways to grow your empathy IQ, this episode is for you. Michael Andrews shares his wisdom and insight about the power of empathy and the impact it has on those we lead. Michael has taught and preached in a number of churches across the country over the past 30 years. He retired as an engineer from the telecommunications industry, after directing several research and development projects. In addition to his degrees in electrical engineering, Michael has a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Duke University Divinity School. He is an ordained minister and recently published a book, The Influential Christian: Learning To Lead From The Heart.

 

To find out more about Michael and his resources, visit:

 

ONLINE -

Mwandrews.com

SOCIAL -

Facebook - mwandrewsauthor

Twitter - @mwandrews1

Instagram - michaelwandrews

LinkedIn - Michael W. Andrews

 

BOOK -

The Influential Christian: Learning To Lead From The Heart

 

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It is Well With My Soul: Cancer, Suffering, and Hope with Rev Percy McCray

Suffering is not something we long for. In fact, we often run, avoid, hide, and pretend all day long. But when someone hears the big C diagnosis - CANCER - suffering is no longer a word or a concept they can ignore. It becomes a new reality. That is why our guest, Dr. Reverend Percy McCray started the award-winning Health, Hope & Inspiration podcast and pursued a life of ministry - dedicated to serving cancer patients and their families.

 

Cancer is the number 2 killer next to heart disease. Research shows that 1/3 of all people will be diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is not something we need to fear or ignore, but rather to be a part of serving and learning from those who are suffering.

 

Reverend Percy McCray Jr., has spent more than 20 years ministering to thousands of cancer patients and their caregivers at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). He recognizes cancer care ministry as a special calling from God and considers faith a key—but often overlooked— component of cancer treatment. He now serves as the Director of Faith-Based Programs at CTCA® and provides leadership to the pastoral care staff at all five CTCA hospitals. Rev. McCray also oversees Our Journey of Hope®, a nationwide cancer care ministry training and support program. In addition, he hosts Health, Hope & Inspiration, an award-winning podcast developed to help people find answers to questions about cancer, cancer prevention and overall healthy living.

 

In this episode, Rev McCray shares about how believers are to suffer well and move through grief and loss. He addresses when cancer survivors live and when they go home to Jesus. He says some are not giving up, they are just being called up. For anyone who has personally battled cancer, is walking with a loved-one who is fighting cancer, has lost someone to cancer, wants to help those with cancer or just plain fears getting cancer. This episode is for you!

 

To connect with Rev. Percy McCray and with Our Journey of Hope, visit:

ONLINE -

www.healthhopeandinspiration.com

www.ourjourneyofhope.com

SOCIAL -

Facebook -

@HHIpodcast (https://www.facebook.com/HHIpodcast/)

@OJOHministry (https://www.facebook.com/OJOHministry)

 

PODCAST - Health Hope & Inspiration with Rev. Percy McCray

  

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Getting Lost in Celebrity and Found By Grace with Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien would take his place, front and center stage, leading thousands in worship as the lead singer of Newsong. Then he would run to the back of the bus with shame and awareness of the hidden life he was trying to bury. Those "dark ages" in his life, where he believed the lie that God needed him to keep doing “all the things” almost led to the end of his marriage and the breakup of his family. That was a turning point for Michael. In this episode he shares the hope he and his wife have found together after thirty-plus years of marriage. It's so easy to compartmentalize our lives, but God's grace invites us to another way, a better way of living.

 

Michael O’Brien has served as a leader for over 20 years through his gift of music. Years ago, he made a specific shift in his career - reprioritizing his calendar and putting his focus back on his marriage and his children. He spent 7 years as the lead singer of the Christian band Newsong. His 2007 album, Something About Us, and 2010 album, Be Still My Soul, capture the rebirth of romance in his marriage, as well as their renewed sense of hope and healing. Michael O’Brien is a Grammy award nominee and a Dove award winner, but more importantly, he is a man of great passion, wisdom and faith.

 

To connect with Michael O'Brien, visit:

ONLINE -

https://www.michaelo.org

SOCIAL -

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/michaelobrienfanpage

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mobrien800/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/mobrien800

 

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The Pitfalls That Take Down Pastors with Dr. Michael MacKenzie

Living Wholehearted cares deeply for leaders because we know when a leader lives and leads with integrity, everyone in their wake benefits. When they don’t, everyone in their wake pays. It’s just a matter of time. The news headlines continue to be filled with stories of leaders who waited too long to do their own inner life work and we think it’s time to reverse the trend.

 

In episode 125, Jeff talks with a kindred leader working in similar trenches. Dr. Michael MacKenzie is the Executive Director of Marble Retreat, an intensive counseling center for Christian leaders, and the supervisor of the Doctorate of Ministry Pastor Care track at Lincoln Christian University. Dr. MacKenzie has been a licensed professional counselor for 25 years, specializing in caring for pastors. He has also been a chaplain and ordained pastor himself.  As an author, speaker and teacher on ministry and counseling issues in various settings, this conversation will be relevant to our listeners on many levels. Michael recently published a book, Don’t Blow Up Your Ministry: Defuse the Underlying Issues That Take Pastors Down, addressing the common pitfalls pastors face, how to avoid them, and how to find healing and recovery after a fall.

 

To find out more about Dr. Michael MacKenzie and his ministry go to:

 

ONLINE -

www.marbleretreat.org

SOCIAL -

Twitter - https://twitter.com/MichaelCMac

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/michael.mackenzie.106/

 

BOOK -

Don’t Blow Up Your Ministry - https://ivpress.com/don-t-blow-up-your-ministry

 

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Finding Courage to Celebrate with Nicole Zasowski, M.A. LMFT

The Mattsons sit down with Nicole Zasowski to talk about cultivating joy. Life can be hard. Trauma interferes with our hope. We start to expect the next disappointment or “the next shoe to drop”. Nicole Zasowski, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and author of What If It’s Wonderful?: An Invitation to Release Your Fears, Choose Joy, and Find the Courage to Celebrate (Thomas Nelson, March 8, 2022), invites us to practice the discipline of celebration. Even the word “discipline” makes Nicole cringe, but she shares the gold she finds on the other side. She opens up about her own losses and how she reached a point of not wanting to miss her God-given life in the throes of her grief. Nicole offers insights to why we struggle with celebration, how joy is really the most vulnerable place we can find ourselves, and how we can stay stuck in the shadows of our stories. Nicole says that the center of our joy determines the satiation of our joy, offering practical ways we can choose rhythms that foster, even double, our joy. Don’t miss this episode! If you like what you hear, make sure you share the link and leave a review!

 

To connect with Nicole Zasowski, visit:

ONLINE -

nicolezasowski.com

SOCIAL -

Facebook - @nicolezasowskiwriter

Instagram - @nicolezasowski

 

BOOKS -

From Lost to Found

What If It’s Wonderful?: An Invitation to Release Your Fears, Choose Joy, and Find the Courage to Celebrate

 

 

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Women Making A Difference in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking with Lisa DaSilva

If you’ve been keeping up with our podcasts, you will notice that this is the third episode in our March series about women in leadership. We have been taking time to talk about the various topics that are near and dear to many women and those who are leading the way. Do you ever wonder how you can make a difference, use your voice, or be used by God? This episode is for you.

 

Today’s guest is Lisa DaSilva, a wife, mom of two teenagers, and advocate for women to love God with their heart, soul and mind as they engage in responsible study of His Word. With an M.Ed in Curriculum Development and a teacher by trade and passion, Lisa writes, speaks, and teaches the Bible to anyone who will read or listen. She is the director of Arise Ministries Collective in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Women are good at dismissing their contributions to the world, but Lisa believes every woman has a voice and she longs for the day when they find freedom to use it for the glory of God and the furthering of His Kingdom. In this episode, Lisa shares the value of staying rooted in God’s Word, her own journey to leadership and starting Arise, as well as how she is stepping into hard areas where women are found voiceless. She partners with Thefreedomchallenge.org and is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to help free those who are sex trafficked. Her most recent Bible study is called What the Lord Requires: A Six-Week Study of Micah 6:6-8.

 

You can find out more about Lisa DaSilva and her ministry at:

 

ONLINE -

ariseministriescollective.org

Thefreedomchallenge.org

SOCIAL -

Instagram - @ariseministries

 

BOOKS -

What the Lord Requires: A Six-Week Study of Micah 6:6-8 (amazon link)

 

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Instagram

@TerraMattson

@Living_Wholehearted

@MyCourageousGirls

#living_wholeheartedpodcast

#shrinkingtheintegritygap

Facebook

@MyCourageousGirls

@WeAreLivingWholehearted

Websites

LivingWholehearted.com

TerraMattson.com

MyCourageousGirls.com

MyCourageousBook.com

 

Resources

Shrinking the Integrity Gap (book)

Shrinking the Integrity Gap e-Course

Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace (book)

Dear Mattsons (youtube series)


Abortion, Adoption, and Leading a non-profit with Diane Ferraro, CEO of Save the Storks

We have been talking about women in leadership this March because we are launching the Living Wholehearted Group Coaching Sessions for women in leadership this Spring. Whether you are a parent leading the most important organization on the planet (the family) and want to be better equipped to help your children understand the issues surrounding abortion, a leader working in controversial spaces, a female leader growing in your confidence, leading in the non-profit world, or if abortion is part of your personal story, this podcast has something for you.

 

Our guest in episode 122 is Diane Ferraro, CEO of a unique pro-life non-profit, Save The Storks.

 

Diane has been a key member of the executive and leadership teams at Save the Storks since 2018. Before joining Save the Storks, she served in various critical roles at large corporations, including overseeing marketing and communication efforts at a national retail chain based in Southern California.

 

Diane is a life-long pro-life advocate, largely because of her own experience, being adopted as a baby after her mother chose life for her.

 

Listen in as Diane shares her story and how her compassion for those facing unplanned pregnancies has expanded. She describes how this compassion has created a deeper longing for the Church to come alongside moms who choose life for their unborn child. Diane shares what she has learned as a leader in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and what she sees as one of the greatest challenges for female leaders in today’s norms.

 

Want to join our virtual group coaching sessions each month for female leaders? Our team at Living Wholehearted would be honored to walk with you. Check out more at www.livingwholehearted.com and find a group that is the right fit for you.

 

 

To learn more about…

 

Pregnancy options, resources or support after an abortion:

https://optionline.org

Call our helpline at 1-800-712-4357 to sort through your concerns.

 

To find a local Pregnancy Resource Center:

https://optionline.org/center-locator

 

For individual counseling:

If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, visit www.livingwholehearted.com

 

 

To find out more about Diane or Save The Storks:

 

ONLINE -

Website (Diane) - https://www.dianeferraro.com

Website - https://savethestorks.com

SOCIAL -

Twitter (Diane) - https://twitter.com/dianeferraro

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheStorks

Twitter - https://twitter.com/savethestorks

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/savethestorks/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYu5nomth5OqTOspTyJp0Yg

 

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